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In Surprise Move, Trustees Boost LA MOCA’s Endowment to $60M

Though news stories have been swirling over the past week with the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art’s latest plans to survive — a possible dalliance with the National Gallery of Art here, a tryst with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art there — all the rumors have come to naught. Members of MOCA’s board of trustees have committed funding to the museum that will raise its endowment to over $60 million.

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The Failures (and Some Successes) of Jeffrey Deitch in LA

The insular art world likes its public follies almost as much as Hollywood. We’re constantly looking for the latest slip-up, the misspoken press statement or flubbed exhibition. That’s why the trials and travails of Jeffrey Deitch as the director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art have been so magnetic — it’s an ongoing soap opera, replete with plot twists. But is it time now for rebalance the books of Deitch’s tenure?

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LA MOCA to Deitch: “No, You Can’t Do Everything”

In a fairly abrupt turnaround, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art announced yesterday that it will hire a new chief curator, after the controversial resignation at the end of June of Paul Schimmel, who held the chief curator position for 22 years. Originally, MOCA had announced that it would not replace Schimmel, instead going full Deitch, i.e. allowing director Jeffrey Deitch to lead the museum’s curatorial program.

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Cai Guo-Qiang’s Explosive West Coast Debut

LOS ANGELES — We were all gathered outside the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Geffen Contemporary space near the Arts District, waiting patiently for the show to start. We’d lined up around the block, and I quietly wondered when things would get going and suddenly it seemed like a giant fireball was hurtling toward us. The whole crowd panicked, then screamed, then hooted, then cheered. Another fireball burst, and then it finished almost as quickly as it had started.